Michelle Cleland is a patient at the Casey Dialysis Unit and her creativity has led to a generous donation back to the unit.
Casey Dialysis Unit Nurse Manager Eileen McDonald explains:
“Michelle has special needs and before COVID-19 worked with her mum, Marie, and her carer to make greeting cards, which were then sold via the Berwick opportunity shop,” Eileen said.
Michelle’s mother Marie Cleland said that the cards were a success.
“Michelle’s cards sold really well, with 500 selling before the op shop had to temporarily close due to COVID-19 in March,” Marie said.
“The op shop asked if Michelle wanted to donate the $1000 raised to Casey Hospital. Michelle was delighted to select the Casey Dialysis Unit, where she has been going for dialysis for almost three years,” she said.
The Cleland’s generosity didn’t end with the cheque presentation. With the expansion of the Casey Dialysis Unit, Michelle now has her dialysis in the annex. One day Eileen asked Michelle and Marie how they could make the area more welcoming. Marie, who is a multi-media artist and usually displays her works in local art shows, offered the unit five of her works.
“I really appreciate all the help and kindness all the team show towards Michelle and me. I bring Michelle to dialysis three days a week and stay with her, due to her disability. It’s so nice to see my pictures on the wall and hear all the lovely comments,” Marie said.
“The unit is now brighter and more colourful with the addition of Marie’s artworks,” said Eileen.
“Michelle’s donation will go towards a new ultrasound machine to improve the patient experience.”
“Our thanks go to Michelle and Marie for their lovely generosity.”
To support the Casey Dialysis Unit call the Monash Health Foundation on 9594 2700.